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Brandon Taylor can play. He projects as a corner, safety, or nickelback for LSU, but a few schools were recruiting him as a running back. He is fast and he has moves, plus a high level of competitiveness and quality character. He has everything you look for in a corner. I keep going back and forth on how to rate him, and I am going to go ahead and rate him as a headliner.
Brandon Taylor is, of course, the younger brother of fellow LSU recruit Jhyryn Taylor, who projects as a wide receiver. He is also the younger brother of starting LSU free safety Curtis Taylor. Obviously, he comes from an athletic family.
Of the three current Taylor brothers, Brandon is probably the one with the highest upside. It has been said that given LSU's questionable cornerback depth chart, Les Miles may be hoping that Brandon can come in and contribute immediately. That may be hard considering uber-corner Patrick Johnson is also a part of this class, but you can bet he'll be in the mix sooner rather than later.
In his videos, Brandon Taylor shows exactly what you want to see in a cornerback. He has speed, explosiveness, change of direction, and good hands. He's dangerous with the ball in his hands, though it's hard to say if that will translate to a spot as a return man, but maybe it will. He really is a guy who, if there is a bad injury situation, he could fill in at running back. He could also be a receiver, though he is a little small for that job. He is a little smaller than wideout Jhyryn and more slightly built than safety Curtis.
He has ideal size for a corner at 6'0", and he will probably grow to about 190#, hopefully without slowing down. He probably has a long way to go in technique, but hopefully he won't be asked to take a starting job for a couple of years, what with Patrick Johnson, Phelon Jones, and Ron Brooks also being young at corner.
He may get on the field early, but I think the best thing would be to redshirt him and let him develop. He should be pretty good though.